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Kids helping your business!

by Tash Hughes of Word Constructions (www.wordconstructions.com.au

  Running your own business or working for someone else whilst also being a parent is not easy. There’s a definite balancing act that changes daily.

 Sometimes, instead of separating your roles as parent and business person, it can be rewarding and fun to combine them. The following list includes a number of ways your child or children can help you in your business – the idea is to spark more ideas that suit your lifestyle.

 By getting the children to help your business, you are spending time together in a constructive way, you may save some time and they get to feel important and involved, learn about what you do, take some reasonability and learn specific skills. It’s win win and it beats them getting into mischief whilst you are in a busy phase of business!

 These ideas are in no particular order and their usefulness depends on your business and the age of the child; many ideas can be adapted to suit older or younger children, however. 

    Putting stamps on envelopes – even when they’re not about to be used!

    Folding letters and placing in envelopes – be careful with personalised letters and labels!

    Putting flyers in letterboxes on the other side of the street to you

    Sorting stock or supplies into piles (great for building their maths skills, too)

    Decorate your work space with drawings and paintings to inspire your creativity!

    Wash paint brushes or other business tools

    Test all your pens to get rid of the empty ones

    Sharpen your pencils

    Tape up boxes that are packaged for delivery

    Help pack boxes of customer orders

    Collate pages of documents into order

    Fold newly printed brochures

    Put collected business cards into your card holder

    Staple together documents if there’s a pile of them

    Act as models for trying new products or developing patterns

    Pose for marketing photos

    Add your name stamp or label on envelopes, brochures, catalogues etc

    Sort your paperclips or rubber bands into sizes

    Give feedback on colours or styles of new ideas

    Keep you in touch with the younger market and trends

    Provide creative names for new product lines

    Help with any handwritten aspects of work – ruling lines, crossing out, copying a phone number, etc

    Typing out a copied document

    Finding a particular internet site for you (assuming the child is old enough to safely search the net)

    Collect the mail for you

    Sort receipts or invoices into months for accounting purposes

    Cross cheques – and write them if old enough

    Set up templates or filters on the computer for you – you’ll be amazed at how soon this can occur!

    Check off incoming orders for complete information

    Stock take

    Open and sort mail as it arrives

    Brainstorm new ideas and marketing strategies

    Answer standard emails for you

    Send faxes

    Data entry


    Hand over necessary tools or equipment as required

    Count money if you have a cash operation or a petty cash tin

    Set up star charts for your achievements in the business

    Tidy up your desk …

    Look for new patterns or pictures for you to work from

    Seal envelopes once filled

    Count brochures or business cards for distribution purposes

    Pack your supplies before meetings or business appointments

    Write reminders for you as you work (eg buy more staples, ring client X on Tuesday, get printing quotes)

    Listen to your work to ensure it makes sense

    Research prices on the phone for you

    Label your files or drawers or document trays

    Teach them your business name and description – you never know who they’ll mention it to!

    Answer the phone

 And remember, even if takes them three times longer than you to do something, if it saves you time and/or gives you some quality time together then it’s worth every extra second!


 Tash Hughes is the owner of Word Constructions and is available to solve all your business writing problems! From letters to policies, newsletters to web content, Word Constructions writes all business documents to your style and satisfaction.

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